July 18th Playbook

Gov. Wolf sends out an attack ad while Wagner says it’s a sign that their opponents campaign is “panicked”. Happy Wednesday politicos, here is the Playbook.

Wild Holds Comfortable Cash Lead with Some Outside Help: The open PA-7 seat has garnered national Democrats’ attention.

Where the PA Delegation Stands on the Trump/Putin Summit: We ranked responses from the harshest words for the President, to the most supportive.

Wolf Blasts Wagner in New Ad: Governor Wolf goes on the offensive, seeking to define Wagner as a tool of the gas industry.

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Pennsylvania senators blast Trump after summit with Putin
AP: Revenue at Pa. casinos creeps to record high
Post-Gazette: Legalized gambling is close. So is a big decision for NCAA schools
WESA: Wagner, Wolf Volley Over Education
WESA: State Confirms Unauthorized Changes Were Made to Vital Records Site
AP: Penn State Frat Hazing Death Trial Scheduled for February

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Wolf administration touts opioid help hotline, other initiatives
WHYY Newsworks: Barletta treads softly on Trump’s encounter with Putin
PhillyVoice: Five former Pennsylvania governors – and Tom Wolf – to meet, share office stories
Inquirer: Pat Toomey used Senate tradition to block an Obama Pa. judicial pick. GOP leaders won’t give Bob Casey the same difference
Inquirer: Barack Obama, in apparent rebuke of Trump: ‘Politicians have always lied, but…’
Inquirer: Democrats in key races say Russia comments show need for a check on Trump in Congress
Inquirer: Carmella Rizzo, tiny force behind former Philly Mayor Frank Rizzo, dies at 101
Philadelphia Magazine: New Philly Mural Takes a Stand Against Trump Immigration Policy
The Advocate: Brian Sims: Young People Will Save the Democratic Party
KYW Newsradio: Legislation introduced to relieve property tax burden through sports betting dollars

SEPA
Bucks Local News: Wolf administration’s new anti-opioid efforts seen as too little to stem rising tide of addiction, overdoses
Pottstown Mercury: Local lawmakers to hold clean energy forum at WCU
Bucks County Courier Times: State Rep. Tina Davis: Dedicate state cut from sports betting to tax relief
Bucks County Courier Times: Hatboro council looks at parking to revitalize York Road storefronts
Delco Daily Times: Residents demand a shutdown of Sunoco pipeline project
Delco Daily Times: Community Briefs: Delco D.A. hosts opioid discussion in Springfield

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: East Pittsburgh mayor defends borough during tense council meeting
Tribune Review: Opponents of UPMC pack Pittsburgh City Council hearing on health system’s $2B expansion
Tribune Review: Training, funding discussed at hearing on improving relations between police, communities
Post-Gazette: Planners tout Pittsburgh-to Chicago hyperloop to local officials
Post-Gazette: Arnold City Council asks state Senate, governor to remove mayor after social media posts
Post-Gazette: Ross commissioners add restrictions to medical marijuana facilities
Pittsburgh Business Times: Nine Pa. casino operators, including Rivers, submit request to host iGaming
Pittsburgh Business Times: $4M in infrastructure projects proposed to city council
City Paper: Six arrested protesting for redistricting reform at state Speaker Mike Turzai’s home in Marshall
City Paper: Port Authority’s new CEO isn’t chasing robots to improve public transit
WTAE: Mayor proposes shifting Pittsburgh funds to deal with landslides, other neighborhood needs, projects

SWPA
Beaver County Times: Auditor general expands elections audit after reports of Russian involvement
Observer-Reporter: North Franklin concludes sexual harassment investigation in police department
Observer-Reporter: Charleroi Council reappoints president, police board representatives
Observer-Reporter: New Beth-Center superintendent aims to boost morale
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Creativity needed to solve Pa. problems, local lawmakers say
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Region’s lawmakers respond to Trump-Putin meeting

NEPA
The Times Leader: WB hopes delay minimal with switch to new contractor for Solomon Creek wall
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre’s balance sheet shows $10M surplus at 2018 midpoint
The Times Leader: Pedri: Luzerne County receives leftover TIF funds from redevelopment authority
Times-Tribune: Hunt for man accused of Trump threat reaches South Abington Twp.
Times-Tribune: Former commissioner testifies in newspaper defamation case
Citizens Voice: Dallas School District appeals order
Citizens Voice: Ex-Lackawanna chief of staff accused of indecent assault

South Central
PennLive: What’s behind Scott Wagner’s public school pivot? | Tuesday Morning Coffee
PennLive: Pennsylvania Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Network opens Harrisburg office
PennLive: Rep. Steve Bloom reveals his plans for life after elected office
WITF: State auditor broadens review of PA’s voter system

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Trump says he misspoke. What Lehigh Valley senators and candidates thought of Putin summit
Express Times: Plans tweaked for sewage processing plant proposed in Slate Belt
Reading Eagle: Gov. Mifflin support staff gets new contract
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council to consider ordinance for housing funds
The Morning Call: Susan Wild takes early fundraising lead in Lehigh Valley congressional race
The Morning Call: What you need to know as Pa. politics heat up over energy sector subsidies
The Morning Call: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf releases guidelines on prescribing opioids to injured workers
WFMZ: Allentown director of parks and recreation to be terminated

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Protesters come out for DeVos stop in Erie
Erie Times-News: Amid protests, DeVos makes no public remarks in trip to Erie
Sun-Gazette: Home rule commission seeks to cut city controller, treasurer with new charter
Sun-Gazette: South Side’s proposed cellphone policy gets 3-2 vote, awaits final vote
Sun-Gazette: Muncy School District elects a new board member

Opinion
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: NorCo Has Record Year in Cash Seizure From Drug Dealers
Commonwealth Foundation: State Rep. Stephen Bloom to Join Commonwealth Foundation as Vice President
PennLive Opinion: With this year’s Pa. budget, lawmakers missed some key opportunities
Will Bunch: It’s time for a general strike, because Trump treason demands a brave response
Inquirer Editorial Board: Congress should censure Trump over Russia
Abraham Gutman: Philly’s agreement with ICE: What it is and how Mayor Kenney can show moral clarity by ending it
Rob Wonderling: Trump can save Philadelphia’s refineries
Ernest Owens: I Could Have Been Michael White
Teresa Lundy, Natalie Midiri, Nina Ahmad: Are Democratic Socialists the future face of the Democratic Party?
Phil Gianficaro: Trump support of Putin a Helsinking feeling
Chris Freind: Trump got one thing right — NATO is a welfare state
Christine Flowers: Trump’s harsh rhetoric belies the way of the world
Pat Buchanan: Is a NATO crisis inevitable?
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Mandela at 100: The lessons of the South African leader resonate
Taylor Armerding: Partisanship infected Supreme Court years ago

2 Responses

  1. Only in politics can someone down 19 points say their opponent is “panicked.” Don’t you love it? I will say this to anyone who does not answer a negative ad. Look at the esteemed and honored FORMER U.S. Senator Russ Feingold of the famous “McCain Feingold Campaign Spending Limit Bill.” Sen Feingold did not believe in being proactive in a campaign and allowed his opponent the CURRENT Senator Ron Johnson blast him with endless negative ads. Frankly, supporters of Gov Wolf would “panic” if he allowed Scott Wagner to define him. Good for Wolf!

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